Girls School in Danger of Closing

The War Cannot be Won with Weapons

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Afghanistan is a fearful place to be a child, especially a girl. Violence continues to be the norm, and Afghan women continue to suffer. According to a recent Guardian story, in Helmand province “adult women are almost entirely invisible, even in the city” of Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital. The article notes that “the advancement of women’s rights has moved at a glacial pace in places like Helmand” while at the same time “the process toward peace has slid backwards.” Just last week, multiple suicide bombings have claimed the lives of hundreds of Afghans, most of them civilians. On Tuesday, at least 74 were killed by a wave of Taliban attacks in the South, East, and West of the country; on Thursday 43 Afghan soldiers were killed by explosive filled vehicles; and on Friday, suicide bombings in the cities of Ghor and Kabul, the country’s capital, claimed the lives of 70.

We spoke recently to Friba of RAWA, who told us that, while she is safe, “the situation is getting worse day by day.” Unfortunately, donations to this website, which support the projects of RAWA, have declined in recent years. We were saddened to have to explain to Friba that we were no longer able to fully support the expenses for Danish girls’ school, a project that we have sponsored since it was built in 2003. Originally, the school was funded primarily from a donation of the Billes family (owners of Canadian Tire Corp). After the family’s donations stopped, we continued to provide funding that kept the school going with reduced staffing.

Donations have dropped to such an alarming degree that salary payments for teachers and other staff have only been paid up to March 2016.

CLICK HERE to make a secure online donation to Danish School.

Please consider supporting this vital school for girls in Afghanistan. A full year’s worth of operations costs approximately $50,000. If you have the money, consider giving $10, $100, or even $1000.


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Health care

Malalai ClinicAmong the various healthcare projects run by RAWA is Malalai Clinic in Khewa. The clinic is run by a team that includes a medical doctor, a child specialist, a gynecologist, 3 nurses, a lab technician, a pharmacist, a registrar, a service worker, a driver and a security guard. The clinic is open 4 days a week, 9 am to 2 pm.

healthcareThe clinic is equipped with a medical laboratory including equipment to treat eye health, and an ambulance to transport patients to Peshawar in case of emergency. Due to the lack of other medical facilities, Malalai Clinic provides healthcare to women, children, and men.

malalai clinicThere are about 5000 refugees living in Khewa camp and 25,000 in the surrounding camps and brick factories for whom Malalai Clinic also provides medical care. Each day, 120-180 patients from Khewa or the neighboring camps and factory workers come to the clinic. Among them at least 100-120 are women who have gynecological problems and children who have diseases such as diarrhea, dehydration, skin infections, pneumonia, flu, malnutrition, etc.

Patients of Malalai Clinic pay a small fee of 10 rupees (= 16 US cents) to get registered. After that, all medical check ups, tests and prescribed medicines are provided free of charge. Common medical tests such as typhoid, malaria, hepatitis B & C, and other routine tests are carried out in the clinic.

Click here for a full report about Malalai Clinic.

Your support is needed to sustain RAWA’s health care projects

Your donation earmarked for healthcare will help empower AWM and RAWA to provide much needed and life-saving medical care to women and children.

To give a donation to keep healthcare available and accessible click here to make a donation.

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Education

educationThe Afghan Women’s Mission works closely with RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan to fund education for primarily Afghan children, but also adult women and men. RAWA runs eight schools in the cities and refugee camps of Pakistan, providing education to nearly two thousand girls and boys at primary, secondary and high school levels. RAWA also runs Danish School for girls in Farah Province.

educationIn addition, RAWA runs literacy courses in Afghanistan and Pakistan. At one time RAWA ran nearly a hundred such courses with nearly fifteen hundred students. RAWA also ran eighty six home based (clandestine) schools for girls and boys prior to the collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001 inside Afghanistan. The home based classes have been discontinued as of February 2002 in favor of opening primary schools and literacy courses in order to meet the needs of students. Due to a drop in funding, there are currently only a handful of literacy courses and schools that RAWA is able to run.

educationEducation is vital as Afghanistan struggles with the legacy of war, and RAWA is has had a great impact on the lives of many children. Some graduates from RAWA schools have gone on without further education to speak before the United Nations, Congressmen and women and Senators of the United States, and to leaders and groups worldwide.

educationThough the Taliban’s authority, with its draconian rules against women’s literacy is no longer legal in Afghanistan, many women in Afghanistan still do not have an opportunity to become educated. Additionally local commanders and warlords share the Taliban’s desire to refuse education to women and girls. It is estimated that only 4-10% four percent of Afghan women are able to read and write. AWM is funding, with your help, many educational programs in order to help bring those opportunities within reach of all women and children.

>> Read a report about one of RAWA’s underground schools.
>> Read a report about RAWA’s Danish School for Girls in Farah Province

Your support is needed to keep these children in school!

Your donation earmarked for education will help empower AWM and RAWA to educate women and children and positively influence the future of Afghanistan and the world.

To give a donation to keep the doors of education open to Afghan women and children, click here. Thank You!

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Self-Sufficiency

RAWA’s projects on self-sufficiency fall into two categories: Sustainable development in rural areas, and income generation in primarily urban areas.

Sustainable Development
Sustainable developmentRAWA is active in the remote Eastern rural area of Farah Province, working with farmers to promote sustainable living. In particular, RAWA has funded the repair and maintainence of canals to bring water to villages gone dry and helping set up vineyards. Helping farmers plant vineyards involves supporting the work of ditch and pit digging, bringing in new water pumps and digging the wells for them, and putting up a wall around the new vineyards. In addition, farmers need aid during the three years before the vineyards become productive. Repairing and rebuilding canal systems bring much needed water back to villages that have gone dry because essential water canals have gone into disrepair. By restarting healthy growing fields, Afghanistan can return to its past agricultural diversity and productivity.

Sustainable developmentEighty percent of the wheat Afghans in Farah province now eat is imported from nearby Iran and Pakistan. The area used to be an exporter of high quality agricultural items, but 20 plus years of war and four years of drought have severely disrupted the agricultural systems of Afghanistan. AWM and RAWA are working to help Afghanistan establish a stable economy in which the country feeds itself and will again export high quality fruits, nuts and other agricultural items.

Sustainable developmentAWM and RAWA are undertaking a multi-year two-pronged effort to rebuild agricultural systems in drought-stricken Farah Province, Afghanistan. One prong of the effort will be to repair many miles of water canals which will bring water into areas that have gone dry due to the disrepair of the canal systems. The other prong will be to plant and support twenty new vineyards in an area that used to produce grapes, but now cannot sustain them due to a lack of water and resources.

By rebuilding the economic base of Afghanistan we not only help people in the area of the project, but we help all of Afghanistan. In many rural areas, young men have left the their villages and gone to seek work in other countries. Women and children have fled to Iran or Pakistan to live as refugees. With new productive agricultural systems people will be able to return and continue their normal lives.

Income Generation Projects
income generationThroughout the years RAWA has helped countless women and young girls learn skills that have helped them to financially survive. Employment for women and girls in Afghanistan is extremely low. By teaching them skills like embroidery or urban chicken, fish, and goat farming, RAWA helps Afghan women gain a strong foundation for employment. For many this can be the difference between life and death.

income generationA chicken farm on the outskirts of Kabul (pictured here) is housed inside the compound of a house occupied by a single family. RAWA provides the training, the raw materials, and the skills to sell eggs, enabling the family to stay solvent.

income generationRAWA has run many projects teaching women embroidery and sewing skills in traditional Afghan style. Not only do these courses keep alive important cultural traditions of Afghanistan, they enable women and girls to have a source of income.

income generationRAWA often buys back the crafts made in the income-generating courses and ships them to AWM to sell at craft bazaars and sales in the United States. All the proceeds from sales are then sent back to RAWA to continue these projects. Check our website for information about our annual “Fair Trade and Conscious Gifts Holiday Bazaar” held in Los Angeles each December.

Your support is needed to fund RAWA’s self-sufficiency projects

Your donation earmarked for self-sufficiency projects will help empower AWM and RAWA build canals, plant vineyards, and empower Afghans, as well as train women with job skills and provide them with resources to start their own businesses.

To give a donation to promote sustainable development and income generation projects click here to make a donation.

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Emergency Relief

Emergency ReliefAs the U.S. and its allies began unleashing their military power upon Afghanistan in 2001/02, millions of Afghans were already living in miserable conditions both inside and outside Afghanistan. These conditions were brought about by decades of war, foreign interference, despotic government rule, drought, famine and a collapse in the economic system. With an impending strike by the U.S. looming after September 11, there were widespread evacuations from major Afghan cities due to people’s fears of being bombed.

Emergency ReliefThe combination of pre-existing conditions and widespread displacement caused by fear of impending attack by the world’s superpower created a situation where millions of Afghans were at extreme risk of starvation.

As winter progressed and the military campaign was stepped up, aid agencies found that there was an increase in instability within the country, and also an increase in looting of their aid supplies, making it that much more difficult to reach the needy population with vital aid. Some agencies were warning that a calamity of “biblical” proportions was imminent unless drastic action was taken to avert it. As if these problems were not enough, deadly earthquakes also struck Afghanistan creating yet more misery.

Emergency ReliefDuring the winter and spring of 2001-2002, soon after we were founded, AWM provided funds to RAWA who distributed aid to refugees in Quetta, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Haripur, Tarnawal, and Taal. In addition, emergency aid was given inside Afghanistan in the areas of Kabul, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad and Laghman and in the earthquake struck zones of Samangan and Nahrin. About 16,500 families received aid prior to Feb. 22, 2002. An orphanage in Kabul also received aid.

Aid items given out include; blankets, ghee, sugar, flour, rice, toffee, jackets, socks, shoes, and small amounts of cash (USD 2.00 each for 800 families).

Emergency ReliefIn March 2002, a series of devastating earthquakes struck northern Afghanistan killing many and destroying the homes of thousands of people. Our partners at RAWA made several trips into the devastated areas of Samangan and Nahrin to assess and provide relief in the form of medical care, food and shelter. AWM funded these efforts.

Summer and ongoing drought in Afghanistan have brought with it heat related problems including; leishmaniasis (skin disease of epidemic proportions), heat rash, diseases related to unclean water, famine and others. Warfare and ongoing danger from land mines left over from previous wars continue to create fresh wounded and dead daily.

Emergency ReliefAfter the 2001 defeat of the Taliban, over 1.5 million refugees returned to Afghanistan, some in hopes of a better life. Many others have returned not so much due to a desire to return, but from persecution from Pakistan to try and get them to leave. This often results in leaving behind a bad situation as a refugee to being in an even worse situation as a homeless person in Kabul.

There are many thousands of people living in Kabul in temporary tents without adequate protection from the winter cold. If the situation does not change for them, they could be forced to once again immigrate to foreign countries or try to survive inside Afghanistan.

Your support is needed to help people facing famine, disease, lack of shelter, and other urgent problems.

Your donation marked “Emergency Relief” will help empower AWM and RAWA to bring relief to suffering people in Afghanistan and in Pakistani refugee camps.

To give a donation to fund on-going emergency relief efforts, click here. Thank You!

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Orphanages

OrphanagesIt has been estimated that there are 28,000 children living in the streets of Kabul. This does not include the other cities or villages in Afghanistan or in Pakistan that also have their share of homeless children. It also does not include children who are living with one or both parents, but whose parents are unable to feed or clothe them properly. It also does not represent the numbers of children put to work at a young age in order to help provide for their families and who thereby miss out on education. AWM and RAWA can address this problem through your generous financial support.

The expenses of an orphanage include; food, toiletries, books and stationary, clothes, shoes, bedding, health care, rugs, kitchen items, building rent and utility costs, purchase price of major appliances, salary for administrator, assistant, cook and guards. As an example of the frugality with which RAWA runs their orphanages, consider that the highest salary, that of administrator, is almost $60 per month or about $700 per year.

OrphanagesOperating six orphanages in Pakistan with help from the Afghan Women’s Mission, RAWA is nurturing and caring for 341 Afghan refugee children. Orphanage staff members try their best to make the orphanage environment like home, even arranging holiday and birthday parties for the children. Girls and boys attend classes from first grade through high school — at either the more expensive Pakistani schools or at RAWA schools in or near the orphanage.

OrphanagesThough there is some hope that the country can change for the better, many Afghans have lived through years of war and need help to rebuild their lives. Only a lack of funds keeps RAWA from accepting more children in their orphanages — there are many thousands of suffering children who need care.

OrphanagesIn recent years RAWA also operated orphanages inside Afghanistan, such as Watan orphanage in Farah Province. However, due to a lack of funds, it had to be shut down, and orphans returned to family and friends.

Your support is needed to keep RAWA’s existing orphanages alive!

Your donation earmarked for orphanages will help empower AWM and RAWA to provide a loving home for Afghan orphans and positively influence the future of Afghanistan and the world.

To give a donation to keep the doors of RAWA’s orphanages open, click here. Thank You!

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